Greek 20 lepta coins

Lepton (plural lepta) is the name of various fractional units of currency used in the Greek-speaking world from antiquity until today. The word means "small" or "thin", and during classical and Hellenistic times a lepton was always a small value coin, usually the smallest available denomination of another currency.

In modern Greece, lepton (modern form: lepto) is the name of the 1/100 denomination of all the official currencies of the Greek state: The phoenix (1827 – 1832), the drachma (1832 – 2001) and the euro (2002 – current). The following 20 lepta coins have circulated in Greece until the introduction of the Common European Currency on January 1, 2002:

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Obverse of Greek 20 lepta coin /images/currency/KM200/KM114_1976a.jpg
20 lepta - Stallion

Circulation coin

Krause - Mishler #114
Diameter 22 mm
Weight 1.3 gr
Composition Aluminium
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: L. Orphanos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1978 - Uncirculated 803,000 pieces € 0.50 Buy
1976 - Uncirculated 1,032,000 pieces € 0.50 Buy
Obverse of Greek 20 lepta coin /images/currency/KM200/KM104_1973a.jpg
20 lepta - Olive branch

Agriculture was the foundation of the Ancient Greek economy and nearly 80% of the population was involved in this activity. The Greek land was very well adapted for olive trees, which provided olive oil. Olive plantations are a long-term investment: it takes more than twenty years for the tree to provide fruit, and it only fruits every other year

Krause - Mishler #104
Diameter 22 mm
Weight 1.3 gr
Composition Aluminium
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas, N. Perantinos (Bern Mint)
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type A - Uncirculated 2,718,797 pieces € 0.80 Buy
Obverse of Greek 20 lepta coin /images/currency/KM200/KM105_1973a.jpg
20 lepta - Olive branch

Agriculture was the foundation of the Ancient Greek economy and nearly 80% of the population was involved in this activity. The Greek land was very well adapted for olive trees, which provided olive oil. Olive plantations are a long-term investment: it takes more than twenty years for the tree to provide fruit, and it only fruits every other year

Krause - Mishler #105
Diameter 22 mm
Weight 1.3 gr
Composition Aluminium
Edge Smooth
Other information Engravers: I. Stinis, N Perantinos
Year Mintage Price Shop
1973 Type B - Uncirculated 12,546,000 pieces € 0.35 Buy
Obverse of Greek 20 lepta coin /images/currency/KM100/KM79_1971a.jpg
20 lepta - Olive branch

Agriculture was the foundation of the Ancient Greek economy and nearly 80% of the population was involved in this activity. The Greek land was very well adapted for olive trees, which provided olive oil. Olive plantations are a long-term investment: it takes more than twenty years for the tree to provide fruit, and it only fruits every other year

Krause - Mishler #79
Diameter 24 mm
Weight 1.2 gr
Composition Aluminium
Edge Smooth
Other information Engraver: V. Falireas

Bern Mint: 1954 and 1964
Parish Mint: 1959
Prague Mint: 1966, 1969 and 1971

Coins dated 1971 have a smaller hole in the center
Year Mintage Price Shop
1971 - Uncirculated Unknown - View
1969 - Uncirculated 20,000,000 pieces - View
1966 - Uncirculated 15,000,000 pieces - View
1964 - Uncirculated 8,000,000 pieces - View
1954 - Uncirculated 24,000,000 pieces - View
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